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Shimano 9sp Rear D is INCOMPATIBLE with Campy 9sp Ergopower(5 posts)

Shimano 9sp Rear D is INCOMPATIBLE with Campy 9sp Ergopowerbuffedupboy
Jul 14, 2003 6:25 PM
Recently, I posted and received many views on the age old question of, "Is Shimano 9sp Rear D compatible with the Campy 9sp Ergopower lever?"

Well, being the person that I am and against sound advice from the good people of hubbub and good ol' C-40, I went out to buy a Campy Mirage 9sp Ergopower Lever and Rear D (to be safe).

I then hooked up the Campy Ergopower to a 9sp Shimano 105 Rear D. To my amazement, it worked!!!! The first time anyways. Subsequent shifting resulted in misfiring, on the larger cogs, and eventually throughout the whole cogset.

It is true what they say though, once you try Campy, you ain't going back to Shimano. If not for the, "Look Ma, no cables," coolness, the precision, decisiveness and pure mixture of male characteristics and feminine beauty of the components will get you. Kinda like Terminator 3.

What I am pleased to report however is that the ergopower levers are compatible with Shimano front D, cranks and even brakes. I also know this because after swapping the 105 Rear D with Mirage, it worked magic.

So, props to C-40 and the rest for all the logical arguments put forward. Let's have this on record once and for all (until the next idiot comes along anyways), Shimano 9sp Rear D is incompatible with Campagnolo 9sp Ergopower levers. I know because I tried.

But what kind of cassette?Al1943
Jul 14, 2003 7:52 PM
Usually the incompatability issues are between the shifter and the cassette cog spacing. The derailleur has no spacing. But then I've never tried what you did so I don't know what other problems you may have experienced.
shimano cassette...C-40
Jul 15, 2003 2:28 AM
The question was regarding the ability to use Campy 9 speed ergo levers to operate an otherwise all shimano 9 speed drivetrain.

The cable pull of the ergo levers is greater than STI levers, that's why it does not work.

A campy 10 speed ergo lever, which pulls less cable per shift, can be made to operate a shimano drivetrain, if the cable is misrouted under the cable clamp on the shimano derailleur, to increase the length of the lever arm on the derailleur and further reduce the travel.

The setup is described on the Hub Bub website.
Ok, thanks. (nm)Chen2
Jul 15, 2003 6:21 AM
HubbubAndy M-S
Jul 15, 2003 10:46 AM
And, may I say, it works like a charm.